Celtic defeat against Ibrox club was a month in the making

By Connor Gordon

December 30, 2019

Celtic manager Neil Lennon is back under pressure to put the club back on the wagon.

It has been a rough month for the Hoops boss in terms of performances on the pitch.

The club have won all but the match at home against Rangers which has created a true title race.

Despite the club’s dominance this decade, the Celts have allowed the Ibrox club to finally compete.

The Irishman must shoulder part of the blame.

Neil Lennon must wish for a Celtic miracle in the new year

The long and short is, Rangers are highly unlikely to falter much outside Celtic matches.

Neil Lennon during the Celtic defeat to Rangers at Parkhead. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

It appears that the Glasgow derbies are where the league will be won and lost.

Fans say form doesn’t matter going into big derby matches but that isn’t always true.

Both side’s form have been fantastic heading in, but it’s the recent Hoops performances which have been concerning.

The team have been conceding too many goals from crosses and it doesn’t appear to be being worked on.

Lennon got away with one during the League Cup final, but didn’t really learn his lesson in the latest defeat.

The performances against Hamilton Accies, St Mirren and Hibs have been flat and uninspiring.

Celtic conceding from yet another cross this season. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

If the same team turned up in the derby, which it did, then it was always going to be a tough afternoon.

Irishman must address key issues for next derby

The next clash between the Glasgow divide is at Ibrox which will present an arguable tougher tie than the home defeat.

Hopefully, there will be a few new signings that can help make the difference this time round.

However, there are certain tactical issues that boils down to Lennon and the backroom staff only.

James Forrest isn’t a player for the derbies. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

Lennon needs to be bold when it comes to James Forrest who is largely quiet in the derbies.

He either has to drop him or cane him for trying to come inside and hide behind defenders.

The long ball hit and hope stuff up to Odsonne Edouard also has to go as does bonkers substitutions.

Greg Taylor deserves a proper run in the team and shouldn’t be an understudy to Jonny Hayes.

Steven Gerrard has been in first team management for a season and a half and is outsmarting Lennon now.

It shows that with even the second best resources in the country, a formidable team can be made.

Lennon has the best and should receive only the best, if not then it is ultimately his job that he loses.

January is massive, but only if Lennon can also implement positive tactical changes too.